Daylight Saving Time: Tips to help you adjust to losing sleep

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 1:03am

Sunday is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, and clocks will jump forward one hour at 2 a.m.

Benjamin Franklin proposes the idea in 1784, but it wasn't used until WWI. A uniform system in the U.S. wasn't established until 1966.

The idea is to conserve energy by having more daylight hours.

However, the time change can impact your sleep. According to sleep experts, there's an increase in traffic and workplace accidents in the days following the time change.

According to Elizabeth Barraza-Baird, Director of the Del Sleep Disorders Center, there are ways to prepare for the change.

"We can prepare to set our clocks forward on Saturday. We can shift our meals and other activities an hour earlier. We can be productive on Saturday and enjoy the sunshine to stay awake," said Barraza-Baird.

Sleep experts said it should only take one day to adjust to the one hour time change.

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